Last week, the Brown Thomas Personnel Shopping Team, under the watch of Michelle Curtin, held an uber glam ‘Occasion Wear’ event in the elegant surrounds of their 3rd floor restaurant.  On hand to meet and greet, Michelle, Caroline & co, welcomed the fit and fabulous to this stylish soiree with hugs, smiles and a glass of Champagne to help get all the mavens in the mood.  Like kids at Christmas, delighted faces found goody bags on each seat, containing beauty treats from brands such as Givenchy and Clarins to name but a few!! Personal Shopping and Beauty info, together with details of the evening’s “Collections” show, was accompanied by a very welcome invitation from Martina Riches, to a complimentary appointment with the new BT Personal Beauty Style Team . Woo!

Bubbling with Bolly (well not exactly, but who cared) and brimming with excitement a jam packed restaurant was served up an healthy Chicken Super Salad, nom, which was followed by a very naughtily indulgent dessert – a fabulously created Lollipop Garden.  Set in a “terracotta flower pot”, and bedded in chocolate and orange biscuit “earth”, guests were presented with lollipops three ways – Blackcurrant Pastille, Sugar Dusted Chocolate Truffle or totally scrumptious Laduree Macaroons!  It was the height of #chicuteness.

Laduree Macaroons

Set to some subtle musical funk, the highlight of the evening kicked off once teas and coffees were served.  Ireland’s Top Models – Roz, Sarah, et al – were all on hand to showcase the perfectly put together ensembles which the PS team had smartly siloed into some very cleverly named categories.


First up was “Bloom Boom” – Diarmuid Gavin eat your heart out.  Large Red Cabbage Roses, Tulips, shocks and sprigs of multi coloured flowers were all the order of the day.

The predominant colour theme was Black/Red, but there were nods to creamier beiges, neutrals and pale yellows on which the flora were detailed.  Here we have some examples of this floral display worthy of a Chelsea Gold – Dolce & Gabbana Coat, DVF coat and dress.  The rocking red Rockstud Shoe is Valentino (who else is vibing all things “rockstud” this season!

D&G Coat   DVF Valentino Rockstud 100 Leather Courts

All of these wonderful pieces were accessorised with assorted wonders from the BT Shoe & Accessories Halls –  shoes/sandals from Valentino, Manolos (lots of Manolos!), handbags/clutches from Tom Ford and Mulberry, and the most striking single piece (or individual) earrings – to die for – by Lanvin – #WANT.


Not for the faint hearted, some of these pieces were pure psychedelia.  The #glamaratti kicked off with a Lilac/Yellow pushy Peter Pilotto dress, accessorised with Philippe Ferrandis earrings – you want to be noticed, got a body that is more CON than Elle Mc Pherson, this is the dress for you!


Peter PilottoSF Bag

“Sporting” (pun) gilets, skirts and some very fun shorts (Roksanda), the cast of beauties lead us through a maze of colour madness from VB, Preen, and Roksanda, to name a few.  Again, accessory hotness was served up by the likes of Balenciaga and Salvatore Ferragamo.


Next up was purity itself.  Organic fabrics swirled in linen and silk.  Raw edges, high waists, panels, layers, or in the case of the VB pant suit, so tight it was for all intents a second skin, this was a showcase of natural fabric at it’s best.  The standout piece was without doubt from that American style sorcerer Tom Ford (sadly I cannot locate a photograph).  A white, one shouldered dress, with a panel draping over one arm, it was of the most exquisite tailoring, the most exact proportions, a thing of extreme beauty, elegant in it’s seeming simplicity.  Accessorised with a pair of Manolos and sparklingly colourful earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane, it was one of the ensembles of the evening.

VB Playsuit Neutral 2 Neutral

Other stand out pieces of zen-ness were the VB playsuit (as worn by the lady herself in the photo above) and a stunning Balenciaga Black and white coat.  This really was the collection for the “LADIES” – elegant, muted colours – black/white/navy – mainly clean lines, with sprinkles of colour #pleatedness – the Russet Sportmax mini dress springs to mind – this was the sophisticated side of Summer Styling.  The accessory du jour, THOSE Givenchy Shoes, were paired with the Acne Gilet/Skirt ensemble, pictured centre!


The fun funkiness of the evening came in the shape of this 70’s revival.  It was young, floaty and very retro. There was a pastiche of pastel perfection, which we can see here, with these three confections worthy of an Italian Gelateria (the Chloe crochet to the knee dress in spearmint, with it’s delicate capelet was particularly charming).  The dresses on either side are (#very) Valentino – the full length dusty pink creation has a train detail down the back!).

Valentino Chloe

Meanwhile, a blouson BabyDoll from MSGM flirted with thigh high split dresses from Gucci – all very Studio 54.  Brought together with accessory pieces from Saint Laurent and Marni, this was a rainbow of reverie and retro.


The finale closed with a feel of uptown funk of West-End and NYC Tribeca.  Carven, Preen and McQueen were on display in all their 21st century modernity.  A hip Oscar de la Renta playsuit, rubbed shoulders with a Pink and Black chiffon Erdem top/skirt combo. A Karen Millen pink strappy Summer dress had a brief dalliance with a Tom Ford man’s suit – yes, there were a few men’s suits on show, and very dapper they were too).

Karen Millen Tom fordPhilip Lim

But the highlights of the night went to a stunning ivory Alexander McQueen coat, and equally amazing ivory creation by Erdem with cut out detail, and this #Amal inspired piece by Christian Dior.

Dior Valentino VAVA

A most inspiring, well hosted and perfectly choreographed evening.  75 Ensembles showcased crossing every style, genre and event.

Still uncertain about your style, or, what to wear for a certain occasion, well now you know where to turn.  The Personal Shopping team in BT’s have got you covered.

PS. And the good news is, they do all the leg-work!  And the service is FREE!!

**No payment was received for this blog.  Photos used courtesy of Brown Thomas Website, BT Twitter account and general designer websites.  All rights reserved.  Copyright of Derval Mc Cloat.


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